Vice-Chancellor - S. Bruce Dowton

Vice-Chancellor - S. Bruce Dowton

The fifth Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University, Professor S Bruce Dowton is a paediatrician, clinical geneticist, molecular biologist, researcher and academic, who has served as a senior medical executive at a range of universities, healthcare institutions and consulting organisations.

Prior to his appointment at Macquarie University, Professor Dowton served as a senior medical executive having held a range of positions in university, healthcare and consulting organisations. He also served as a paediatrician at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and as Clinical Professor of Paediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Professor Dowton joined the University in September 2012. During his first year he led a highly consultative process to develop a long-term strategic framework for the University, establishing an ethos of service and engagement at the heart of its learning, teaching and research activities. The framework has subsequently enabled a dramatic improvement in research performance, a synthesis of traditional and technological learning and teaching activities, deeper relationships with corporate and industry partners, significantly enhanced philanthropic giving and a series of multi-million-dollar capital works on campus. Dowton’s ability to clarify complexity, and highly engaging personal style, have since become hallmarks of his Vice-Chancellorship.

He has published articles on a wide range of topics in peer-reviewed academic publications, and has held Visiting Professorial and External Examiner appointments at several universities including the University of Edinburgh, Colombia University in New York, the University of Tromsø in Norway, Hong Kong University, as well as institutions in the People’s Republic of China.

Additionally, Professor Dowton spends much of his time outside the University in philanthropic and community engagements. Currently, he serves:

  • as a member of the Maggie Beer Foundation.
  • as a trustee on the Board of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
  • as Chairman of Open Universities Australia.
  • as a member of Asia Society Australia.

Professor Dowton was born in the far central-western New South Wales town of Ivanhoe and raised in Dubbo. He was the first in his family to go to university.

The Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive of the University and has overall responsibility for academic, research, administrative, financial and development strategies. The Vice-Chancellor also promotes the interests and furthers the development of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the strategic and operational aspects of the University
  • Representing the University externally
  • Building and maintaining internal cohesion within the University

The Vice-Chancellor is an ex officio member of the University Council and Academic Senate, and Chair of the University Executive.

A history of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor

Read more about the former Vice-Chancellors of Macquarie University on the 50th anniversary jubilee website.

Photos of the Vice-Chancellor

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